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Tánaiste to participate in Remembrance Sunday events in Belfast

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore T.D., will visit Armagh and Belfast on Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 November.

The Tánaiste will address the SDLP Party Conference at the invitation of the party leader Dr. Alasdair McDonnell in Armagh on Satruday evening.   He will then travel to Belfast to attend and participate in the Remembrance Sunday events hosted by Belfast City Council.  The Tánaiste will also visit West Belfast to meet with local community groups whose reconciliation work is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the International Fund for Ireland and the EU.

The Tánaiste will meet the Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Dr. Adrian Johnston and representatives of the communities forming the Duncairn Gardens Partnership and will visit the Duncairn Gardens Peace Wall at Alexandra Park.

The Tánaiste will later attend the All-Island Schools Choir Competition sponsored by Cooperation Ireland and RTE and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund. He and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will present the prize to the winning choir.

The visit to Armagh is an opportunity to recognise the extraordinary contribution of the SDLP to peace and reconciliation on this island and to reinvigorate the close relationship between the Irish government and the SDLP as we embark on a new phase in Northern Ireland building on the success of the Good Friday Agreement.

The visit to Belfast is an opportunity to underline the Irish Government’s support for reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  The Tánaiste will be the first Irish Government Minister to participate in a Remembrance Day service in Belfast. 

Note for Editors:

Tánaiste’s Programme

Saturday 10 November, 2012

8pm                       Address the SDLP Annual Conference Dinner, Armagh City Hotel

Sunday 11 November 2012

10.30 – 12.30      Attend Remembrance Sunday events at City Hall, including wreath laying ceremony at Cenotaph

13.00                     Arrive Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich Irish language and cultural centre

14.00                     Visit Duncairn Gardens Peace Wall, Alexandra Park

18.00                     Attend the All-island School Choir of the Year Competition, Titanic Centre

For further information please contact Amanda Bane 087 6837205.